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Huws: We Have Real Unity and Direction Now
at 13:55:20

@ArnieM : I think you are right about Lambert's motivation for squad rotation over the first half of the season, although I suspect there were elements of trying to keep everyone happy, in a large squad for this Division, and of trying to be a bit too clever - the same with the postponement of some matches for relatively benign effects of international fixtures.
I like your take on us being in a good position to strike now, with perhaps fresher legs than some of our rivals. I just feel that we may have unnecessarily taken our feet off the gas at a time when we were 6/7 points clear of the field, bar Wycombe, with a game in hand, while our supposed biggest rivals, Sunderland and Portsmouth, were way off the pace.
We're all in the mix together again now though, and it is a straight run for the line until May; but those 2 sides seem to have sorted themselves out, Oxford have bought well in this window, Rotherham are undoubtedly a good side, as are Coventry, plus Doncaster (who I thought were the best side we played) are on a very good run despite tough fixtures. This all makes automatic promotion look as tricky a proposition now as it did before a ball was kicked this season, when perhaps it didn't have to be.
Thankfully we seem to be back on our game now, with the right players being picked in the right position.and a clear understanding of their role in the system. Between that, the fresh legs and the sheer quality of the squad, I still believe we should go up automatically.
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Blades Linked With £3m Woolfenden Move
at 13:47:09

PackwoodBlue has perfectly laid out the best option, & rationale, for dealing with this bid IF it materialises.
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Preston's Earl Signs on Loan
at 12:14:42

I don't know anything about him, but as Planet Blue 2011 says, he looks a likely candidate for the left side of a back 3 spot, with the capability to push forward at pace when the opportunity presents itself.
If that is the aim, it at least shows that we have a coherent strategy for a preferred system for the remainder of the season.
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Lambert: I Know There are People Who Want Us to Fail
at 20:27:39

I read down to the end to see what points Dolphinblue would make in response to a fair & reasonable discussion on a fan's message board. I saw a lot of emjois, which had more depth than the words around them.
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Lambert: I Know There are People Who Want Us to Fail
at 19:00:40

He has a massive persecution complex, but has little substance in response to being pressed on what the hell he is talking about.
Good win today, by a good team, in a good system that had continuity from the Wycombe game.
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Posh Could Eye Blues Striker Jackson Claim
at 13:11:34

Yes he works hard & I don't dislike him, but he's not a goalscorer. I thought with his pace he would be good in the wide forward role, but his decision making is questionable to. The problem is I'm not sure what his natural role is. He can be effective making runs & creating space for others & he has certainly improved this season, it's just ultimately he's not good enough as a striker, and certainly not for Championship level, to have in the starting XI now that Sears, Bishop & Keane are all back to near full fitness. We need to be creating clear chances, lots of them, and then taking a fair percentage of them. The 3 just mentioned & Norwood are better in both respects. Nice guy, but not good enough for me. Norwood's finishing has been a big disappointment for me too, but he gets disrupts defences more at least.
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Two Changes for Blues at Wycombe
at 14:59:59

*KVY at RIGHT wing back of course.
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Lambert Signs New Deal
at 14:52:47

So this is what all that ranting & raving was about last week; contract negotiations. I personally wouldn't have rewarded Lambert for his unhinged strop, but there you have it. At a time when real genuine questions over his footballing strategy, coaching & team picking abilities are on the table, we give him 4 more years. Odd decision at this time. All the ancillary elrments of his management of the club, normally outside the first team coach's remit, have been excellent to be fair.
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Two Changes for Blues at Wycombe
at 14:38:51

With the exception of a fit KVY for Edwards at left wing back, there's an argument to say that this is our best starting XI. I like Huws in the middle alongside Downes & Judge should be more himself when not out wide. The threat from Garbutt is greater when wingback rather than full also. Had Lambert decided to stick with one formation as standard, & had it been the 3-5-2, I believe this could have been a well-oiled goal scoring outfit by this stage of the season. I'd have Holy in goal mind you.
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Lambert: One Win Could Kickstart Revival
at 12:17:49

"I've had some horrendous runs that you never come out of" he recalled.
- Well that's encouraging.
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Lambert: Owner Evans Paid Me the Biggest Compliment
at 12:04:54

@Tractorcam - I generally agree with what you are saying, however I don't think all the good Lambert has done is now "irrelevant". We can't allow things to go back the way they were before he came; from community involvement, links to the past & even small visual improvements like a lick of paint in dilapidated areas. Lambert has been spot on in hs attitude to these things & it has added greatly to the feel good factor, but it must continue or we'll slump back to where we were easily enough, even if results start to improve.
The biggest challenge for Lambert now is to get the team playing in an attack-minded fashion, that is both entertaining to watch & successful in getting goals/results. I'm not convinced that he is capable of gettig the best out of the players at his disposal however & that's what worries me most heading in 2020.
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Lambert: Were There Some Harsh Words There? Yes, But Not Over the Top
at 21:20:26

TractorRoy - first few games of the season.
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Lincoln City 5-3 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 18:40:15

I hope the delay in the post match press conference isn't us refusing to accept his resignation.
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Lincoln City 5-3 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 18:28:45

@Noelthedub: Disagree with that, we need to get out this division asap, i.e. this season. We have the players to win this league comfortably - the fact that we're on a terrible run & are still 2nd if we win our game in hand tells you how poor a league it is. I don't want us to lose our good young players like Downes, KVY etc by staying down for another season; the rot will truely set in then.
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Lincoln City 5-3 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 17:56:24

There are many issues around Marcus Evans & how he has ran the club over the last decade; but the buck stops at Paul Lambert for the calamity of today & the total lack of continuity in squad & system over the last few months which have resulted in a confused & demoralised squad of players. Poor, poor decisions time after time.
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Town Make Three Changes at Lincoln
at 14:47:24

I wish he'd stop playing Judge on the wing; if Lambert is determined to play him, he should at least play him in his best position in the advanced midfield role. We know Judge can be very effective there when on form, but for some reason Lambert always plays Nolan there when setting out in such a formation. This season Judge has been poor, but I believe he would have found form by now, after the issues early on, if played to his strengths.
For today I'd have liked to see Huws in for Edwards, with Downes at the base of a diamond, Judge on top & the creativity of Dozzell & Huws in the middle - oh & just tell them to go out, trust in your abilities, have fun and attack from the off.
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Loanee Georgiou Returns to Spurs
at 14:53:36

No surprise there. Hard for the lad to make an impact in a team that is not encouraged/set up to explore the concept of creativity.
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Lambert: If They Want to Go and Employ Another Manager, No Problem
at 19:33:52

I'm delighted the reporters called him out on his bullsh#t here. He sounds like an insecure, controlling partner here; with his threats of leaving out of nowhere, in order to avoid taking responsibility for what he has or has not done & hoping to avoid any similar questions been asked in the future.
Yes he has done a number of good things to the benefit of the club; but this crap we can do without. More to the point, we have a number of midfielders without creative ability, currently fit; why are they not able to show that often enough in his teams & why are our strikers edgy as hell when opportunities do come?
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Norris: I'm Here to Stay and I'm Here to Play
at 19:32:49

I don't see the beauty in the rotation system. The everyone is ready to go argument can be countered by the desire of the one getting in to make such an impression that thry hold their hold their place & become impossible to drop. Additionally, you could argue that nobody can ever be 100% on form in a stop-start system of team picking, while the team as a whole can never achieve maximum cohesion or efficiency in such a set up. And that's just with the rotation of players; throw in the never knowing what system is going to be employed at the start of a game, or coming out for the second half, really puts the cat among the pigeons.
Norris is a good keeper, I like him & woukd be happy if he signed permanently. Holy is also a good keeper, certainly by Division 1 standards, and he has signed permanently; that's why I'd play him in preference. I tend to agree with @Westy, as to pressure coming from Wolves re: game time.
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Lambert: You Can't Give Teams Two-Goal Starts
at 18:46:33

We have a side that can't get any momentum due to the constant chopping & changing of personnel & formation; which is rarely to do with sudden illness. A side with such a strong squad & who really should be expecting automatic promotion from this league, should always be capable of scoring at least 3 goals in a game. This side really struggles to score however & provides little confidence that we can come from behind to win, regardless of who or how many are up front.
Settled sides learn how to open up the opposition & have the confidence to do it.
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